Æthelstan of East Anglia

Æthelstan (also: Athelstan or Eþelstan ) was of about 827-845 King of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of East Anglia.


To Æthelstans life no contemporary reports were handed down. He is known only by about 60 coins that bear his name.

East Anglia was ruled by the kings of Mercia since the beginning of the 9th century. Æthelstan was already shaping in the early years 820 coins, which indicates a first unsuccessful attempt to gain power in East Anglia. Probably led Æthelstan since the year 825 with the support of King Egbert of Wessex a revolt against Mercia to. Even 825 was the Mercian king Beornwulf. His successor Ludeca was 827 in the struggles of death and East Anglia was again independent. Around the year 845 Æthelweard followed him on the throne.


  • Anonymous: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the years 823 and 825 online at Project Gutenberg (English)